Bronco WBB Falls in Heartbreaker to Colorado State
Martinez and Reinhart lead Broncos with career-highs for points.
BOISE, Idaho - Erica Martinez and Kayla Reinhart combined for 29 points but it was not enough for Boise State as the Broncos lost a 57-56 heartbreaker at home to Colorado State Wednesday night in a Mountain West conference game in Taco Bell Arena. Both Martinez and Reinhart were on fire from the 3-point line scoring career-highs on 15 and 14 points, respectively. Unfortunately, Colorado State's Hayley Thompson hit a game-winning jumper with five seconds remaining to snap the Broncos' five game home win streak as Boise State fell to 10-9 overall and 3-3 in conference.
Martinez went five-of-seven from behind the arc in the game on her way to the team and career-high points. The junior transfer also added a team and career-tying-high five assists to go with two rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
Reinhart, a freshman from Southlake, Texas, sparked a 15-5 second half rally that gave the Broncos the lead at 40-39 with 11 minutes to go, scoring eight of her career-best 14 points during that stretch. She finished hitting four-of-five 3-point attempts to go with a two-point basket to finish her scoring on the night.
Boise State found itself in a hole early when Colorado State started the game on fire from beyond the arc making seven of its first 10 shots from 3-point range as it stormed out to a game-high nine point 24-15 lead with 9:14 to go until half. They finished the period hitting eight-of-16 attempts from long range.
The Broncos eventually found some rhythm and responded late in the opening frame. Boise State countered with its own long range offensive attack as Reinhart (2), Lenhardt (1) and Martinez (3) combined for the final six made shots for the blue and orange, all from 3-point range, as Boise State pulled to within one at halftime, 32-31.
The second period began with Colorado State going on a 6-0 run to take a 38-31 advantage with 15 minutes to go. The Broncos rallied once again, this time with a 15-5 run that saw Reinhart hit eight of her points including two go ahead shots. The first was a 3-pointer with 11:07 to play to put the Broncos up 40-39. Then after CSU regained the lead on the next possession, Reinhart hit another 3-pointer to put Boise State up 43-41 with 9:48 showing on the clock.
Boise State held onto the lead until the final minute and went up by as many as five points twice, the last at the 6:15 mark and the score at 50-45 Broncos.
The final minute saw Colorado State regain the lead at 55-53 with 37 seconds remaining when Caitlin Duffy hit a layup. Diana Lee gave Boise State back the lead when she drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 27 seconds to go and the Broncos up 56-55.
On the next Colorado State possession the Rams had trouble finding a shot and were forced to call a timeout with 15 seconds left. That setup Thompson's game-winning shot from just inside the top of the arc with five seconds remaining. Lee was able to get a long shot off at the buzzer for Boise State but it fell short as time expired.
Lee moved into a tie for ninth-place all-time at Boise State for career assists when she dished out three during tonight's contest, she now has a total of 248. Lee also had five points and two rebounds against the Rams.
Lauren Lenhardt battled double and triple teams most of the night to finish with eight points and eight rebounds. Lexie Der was held to one point but finished with eight rebounds to match Lenhardt for the team-high on the glass. Rosalie Cutri added six points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal.
On the night Boise State shot 33.9 percent (21-62) from the floor, 44 percent (11-25) from beyond the arc and a season-low 50 percent (3-6) from the free-throw line. Colorado State finished hitting 37 percent (20-54) from the floor, 43.5 percent (10-23) from 3-point range and 53.8 percent (7-13) from the charity stripe.
Boise State dominated the second chance points 16 to four while out rebounding the Rams 44 to 34 and 16 to seven in offensive boards. The Broncos bench was huge in this game out scoring CSU's 34 to six.
With the win Colorado State improved to 6-13 overall and 2-4 in conference. Boise State will now hit the road for Las Vegas, Nev., to face the UNLV Lady Rebels (7-13, 3-3 MW) who won 66-61 at Nevada tonight. Game time for Saturday is 4 p.m. (Mountain) in the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus.
Final Game Summary
Colorado State vs Boise State
01/30/13 7:05 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
COLORADO STATE 57, BOISE STATE 56
COLORADO STATE (6-13, 2-4 MW)
MARTIN, Sam 9-19 0-0 22; THOMPSON, Hayley 4-9 1-2 11; DUFFY, Caitlin 2-9 4-6 9; HEIMSTRA, Meghan 2-5 2-5 7; MAKEEVER, Mandy 1-2 0-0 3; NICHOLS, Alicia 1-3 0-0 3; FORTE, LaDeyah 1-6 0-0 2; SPOTTON, Kara 0-1 0-0 0; JOHNSON, Emily 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 7-13 57.
BOISE STATE (10-9, 3-3 MW)
MARTINEZ, Erica 5-9 0-0 15; REINHART, Kayla 5-9 0-0 14; LENHARDT, Lauren 3-10 1-2 8; CUTRI, Rosalie 3-10 0-0 6; LEE, Diana 2-7 0-0 5; ASKEW, Miquelle 2-5 1-2 5; HENTON, Brandi 1-6 0-0 2; DER, Lexie 0-6 1-2 1; PELSE, Laura 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-62 3-6 56.
Colorado State................ 32 25 - 57
Boise State................... 31 25 - 56
3-point goals--Colorado State 10-23 (MARTIN, Sam 4-8; THOMPSON, Hayley 2-5; HEIMSTRA, Meghan 1-1; DUFFY, Caitlin 1-6; NICHOLS, Alicia 1-1; MAKEEVER, Mandy 1-1; FORTE, LaDeyah 0-1), Boise State 11-25 (MARTINEZ, Erica 5-7; REINHART, Kayla 4-5; LENHARDT, Lauren 1-4; LEE, Diana 1-5; HENTON, Brandi 0-3; CUTRI, Rosalie 0-1). Fouled out--Colorado State-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Colorado State 34 (MARTIN, Sam 7; THOMPSON, Hayley 7; HEIMSTRA, Meghan 7), Boise State 44 (DER, Lexie 8; LENHARDT, Lauren 8). Assists--Colorado State 15 (FORTE, LaDeyah 7), Boise State 16 (MARTINEZ, Erica 5). Total fouls--Colorado State 7, Boise State 11. Technical fouls--Colorado State-None, Boise State-None. A-637. Mountain West Conference game
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